Recently, I posted the Utterpower DIYer $20 Inter locking Transfer Switch. Following is a drawing of how it might be deployed in an off grid setup that can grow, and make use of wind, hydro, solar, or even pedal power if that’s all you got at the moment.
But There’s another topic we need touch on, and that be the Inverter Generator. We know it’s becoming popular, we know it will be available in diesel if it isn’t already. The diesel version would be somewhat of a contradiction as the inverter generators are normally an exercise in light weight.
If we do consider adding batteries to the inverter’s bus, we’ll also need adequate air flow to cool inverter components, (maybe an electric fan?). We know the battery voltage will likely be higher voltage, and more dangerous than our typical 48V and lower Battery banks, so we’ll need covers, and adequate connectors to keep fingers out of the hazzard. Could this be a viable solution in the future for Off Gridders? redundancy you say? Buy two..
Your input please.. Sometimes we see what we believe to be a natural step in the evolution of a product. We also know that if we thought of it, so have 10,000 others or more.
Will Inverter generators hit the market soon with another connector on them? One for a battery pack? And will that battery pack have another connector to hook in your solar array for charging?